Almalfi Coast Holidays
The Amalfi Coast – spectacular and charming
The Amalfi Coast is simply stunning and is one of the most famous stretches of coastline in Europe. Running south from Sorrento, it stretches along the Bay of Salerno, and encompasses the towns of Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Minori, Maiori and Salerno itself. This is classic Italian seaside: picture-postcard villages, family-friendly beaches and spectacular scenery.
A combination of dramatic coastal views, wonderful Mediterranean climate and charming resorts, served up with the delicious regional cuisine, make the area suitable to couples, families, foodies and culture-vultures.
With its mild winters and long warm summers, The Amalfi Coast attracts visitors all year round, although it’s from Easter through to October that’s considered to be ‘the season’, with August the busiest (and most expensive) month. The autumn and winter are generally mild, with temperatures rarely dropping below 10C.
There are many religious and secular festivals throughout the year and almost certainly something going on when you plan to visit. Christmas and New Year are widely celebrated.
The Amalfi Coast has a typically Mediterranean climate with long, hot summers where temperatures can reach 30C in the peak months of July and August, and the average temperature does not usually dip below 23C. In the summer you can expect around 10 hours of sunshine per day and little rainfall – around 15mm in July.
The winter climate is pleasantly mild, with temperatures rarely dropping below 10C and average daily sunshine of around 7 hours. The warm temperatures in late spring and early autumn attract a large number of holiday-makers.
For peak season, the best deals are likely to be found by looking and booking early, as prices can be expected to rise closer to departure. If you’re not tied to the school holidays, these are best avoided. June and September departures combine great weather with reasonable prices. With food standards high throughout the region, half-board is worth looking at, especially during the peak months. You can get a good idea of current deals by looking at the late deals below, or doing a full search.
The gateway to the Amalfi coast is Naples International Airport (NAP), which is widely served from airports throughout the UK, and by a number of airlines – scheduled, charter and no-frills. Finding a suitable flight from an airport convenient for you should not be a problem.
Located less than 4 miles north-east of the city, transport links are excellent, with fixed-rate taxis and a frequent airport bus service.
Bus services around the coast are frequent, inexpensive and operate all year round. For timetables visit SITA (in Italian). Car hire (driving on the right) is popular and driving safer than you might expect, although the spectacular coast road may test your nerves. Hiring locally can be expensive: we recommend that you pre-book for the best rates.
A regular train service runs from central Naples along the coast, terminating in Sorrento. This journey time is around one hour. Scheduled and charter boars and ferries connect Naples, Sorrento and Amalfi for rides up and down the coast and are a great way to visit the area.
The largest tourist resort on the Amalfi Coast, the town of Amalfi is a charming fishing village filled with character and life, boasting an authentic old quarter and plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants.
The busy seafront is a hive of activity, and there are regular boat trips up and down the coast. With a pebble beach in town, visitors can relax and enjoy the spectacular views of the sparkling blue Mediterranean, as well as exploring the sights that the town has to offer. Amalfi is ideally placed to explore the breathtaking coastline. As well as Positano and Ravello, Sorrento is an easy day trips from the holiday resort of Amalfi, as are the islands of Capri and Ischia. A visit to the fascinating sites of Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius and Herculaneum is a must whilst on holiday in Amalfi, as is a trip to the vibrant and exciting city of Naples.
Ideal for families and couples, Maiori is just 6km from Amalfi and offers a quiet base centrally located on the Amalfi Coast, facing the Bay of Salerno, and an ideal destination for those looking for a relaxing beach resort. Dating back to Roman times, the holiday resort of Maiori gained fame as a health retreat and today boasts one of the best beaches on the Amalfi Coast, running the entire length of the town.
The long stretch of volcanic sand shelves gently into the Mediterranean, providing safe swimming conditions for children, and offers watersports such as snorkelling and water-skiing, and plenty of sun-beds and umbrellas. The beach is backed by a promenade lined with shops, restaurants, bars, and a large selection of hotels to suit most budgets.
This enchanting little resort remains a popular destination in the luxury market, and a favourite with couples and honeymooners. Clinging to the sides of the cliffs and perched over the dazzling blue waters of the Mediterranean, this chic resort enjoys a stunning location, and the pastel-coloured houses, winding stairways and sophisticated cafes and restaurants add to the towns' charm.
Just 20km from Sorrento and 15km from Amalfi, Positano is ideally placed to explore the rest of the Amalfi coastline. The large public beach, made up of dark grey sand and pebbles, is very popular and ideal for people watching. To escape the crowds, visit one of the quieter coves along the coast.
This medieval towns' location high above the Mediterranean boasts the most spectacular views of the Amalfi coast. Well-known for its scenic and panoramic gardens, it has a thriving cultural scene and a long history of inspiring artists and musicians, most famously Wagner, D.H Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. Holidays in Ravello are low-key and characterised by a leisurely drink or meal in one of the quiet squares, and it makes for a great base from which to explore the walking trails through the beautiful countryside of the area.
Take a trip to the Uffcio Scavi di Pompeii for a real step back in time. Buried under nearly 6m of pumice and ash by the AD79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii remained lost for centuries until it's rediscovery in 1748. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, historic Pompeii boasts the best preserved 2000 year old ruins in Europe and the four hour tour of the site is considered the short tour! This fascinating tour takes in ancient villas, erotic paintings, skeletal remains and the bathhouses of old Pompeii.
Island of Ischia
The Emerald Island of Ischia on the Amalfi coast boasts a thermal spa that claims to cure almost any illness. The volcano last erupted in the 14th century and the island itself is well regarded for its beautiful, sandy beaches, and the pretty, main town of Foria, with its many bars and restaurants makes a great day out.
Island of Capri
One of the most sophisticated and famous resorts on the Amalfi coast, the island of Capri soars dramatically up from the sea. With its white-washed houses, lemon groves and winding lanes, Capri is as pretty as it is chic. The town of Capri boasts elegant shops, restaurant and hotels and a nearby 14th century Carthusian monastery and the ruins of Villa Jovis that afford magnificent views over the Bay of Naples and Salerno.
The Emerald Grotto
If you are in the town of Amalfi don't miss a chance to visit the Grotta di Smeraldo. This underground cavern boasts stalactites and stalagmites and is famous for its light effects. Part of the chamber is actually underwater and a boat trip is needed to visit the grotto. Take a boat from Piazza Flavio Gioia and stop at the grotto before heading on to Sorrento.
The town of Amalfi is well known for its beach life and has some of the best beaches on the Amalfi coast. Take a trip to the nearby small villages of Minori and Maiori for some larger beaches that are lined with restaurants and cafes. The beaches are very busy during the summer months with holiday makers taking part in every water sport imaginable.